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THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Sandra Maldonado-Jackson

President

Dr. Sandra Maldonado-Jackson is a retired principal of a Bronx high school in New York City. She has worked for the Department of Education for 34 years and has been a Sunday School teacher at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York, for 32 years. She brings leadership to Deline’s Gift, and beliefs in making an impact on the world one good action at a time.

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Tiffany Brewka Bufton

Vice-President

Tiffany brings a wealth of philanthropic and entrepreneurial experience to Deline’s Gift. She began her career as a professional model working in New York, Paris and Milan. She then joined NBC and CBS news as a reporter/anchor leading several local stations across the U.S. In recent years Tiffany’s main focus has been on growing her business with Arbonne International, a skin care product company. Today she runs a 50 Million dollar global company, speaks internationally and empowers leaders worldwide.

Tiffany founded the Saber Bufton Leukemia Fund shortly after her first-born child was diagnosed with leukemia. For more than 8 years she helped her son through treatment and aided dozens of families and children in need through her foundation’s work. She volunteers at Project C.U.R.E, has traveled to Senegal to meet with leaders working to ban the practice of female genital cutting and most recently visited Nepal to work with sex trade victims. She actively supports the Arbonne charitable foundation to empower young girls and the Race to Erase MS (Multiple Sclerosis).Tiffany splits her time between New York and Colorado, where she enjoys raising her two children, Saber and Isabelle. She is a graduate of The University of San Diego in Communications.

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Safiétou Ndiaye Sarr

Director

Safiétou holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics, as well as an MBA. She is a professional in human resources development and a trained facilitator and coach. Always sensitive to the situation of underprivileged children and women, she is honored to contribute to the Deline’s Gift cause. Safiétou is committed being a coach to the brave women of Deline’s Gift in their venture to earn a living and best care for their families.

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Karine Sar

Founder and Executive Director

Karine Sar is the Founder and Executive Director of Deline’s Gift. She is a seasoned international development professional with extensive experience in global humanitarian action programs focusing on issues pertaining to women and children. With 15 years of experience working at the United Nations, she is well versed in program/project design, monitoring, evaluation, planning, process facilitation, communication, partnership development, fund-raising and training processes to improve the status of disadvantaged women and children.

Born in London, U.K., Karine grew up in Senegal, her country of origin, where she flourished until graduating high school. Soon after, she moved to Canada to pursue higher education. There, she earned a master’s degree in Project Management from the University of Quebec in Montreal, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Quebec in Hull. She also pursued postgraduate studies in non-profit and public administration and holds numerous certifications through her work at the United Nations.

It was during these formative years that she developed a passion for social change.

“I have always had compassion for others, and strived to help whenever possible. But in my late teens and early twenties, I was exposed to a world of diplomacy, travel and community service (my mother being an international civil servant), which made me certain I wanted to do something that would help people”.

Becoming a humanitarian worker seemed almost inevitable, and materialized through an enriching career at the United Nations. But it was the loss of her beloved and precious mother that made her fully grow into her calling.

“After she passed, I began spending more time in Senegal and became more aware of women’s struggles with extreme poverty. I realized how good I really had it. Their stories screamed for my attention, and propelled me to act on my growing need to honor my mom’s memory by doing something impactful.”

These exchanges solidified her resolve: “I am a problem solver…that is what I am at my best…I had to take it further.” That’s when she became interested in vocational training and micro loans, which, in her own words, are “one of the most effective tools for empowering women to take the fight against poverty into their own hands.”

In 2014, she founded Deline’s Gift, an American non-profit organization that empowers marginalized women and turns them into agents of change. Deline’s Gift positions itself as a tangible avenue for uplifting disadvantaged women by providing them with practical opportunity such as innovative vocational training, interest-free micro loans and essential resources.

Karine shares her time between the USA, where Deline’s Gift is headquartered, and Senegal, where it operates. She is fluent in Wolof, English and French and has a solid command of Spanish. She is an avid writer, reader, traveler and passionate photographer.